Why Do People Still Need Glasses After Having LASIK Surgery?

Are you curious about why some individuals still rely on reading glasses even after undergoing LASIK surgery? If you’re considering LASIK for yourself, it’s natural to have questions. After all, LASIK is known for permanently correcting vision problems like nearsightedness and astigmatism, leading many to assume that it eliminates the need for glasses or contacts. However, it’s important to understand that requiring “readers” after LASIK is a common occurrence, especially for individuals over the age of 40, due to a condition called presbyopia. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of presbyopia and explore how it relates to LASIK and potential solutions.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia, often referred to as the “aging eye,” is a condition that naturally affects the eye’s ability to focus on objects up close. As we age, the eye gradually loses its ability to read small print or see nearby objects clearly. This condition typically begins to manifest in the mid-40s and progressively worsens until around age 65. Some common symptoms of presbyopia include headaches after reading up close, blurred vision at a normal reading distance, and the need to hold reading material further away from the face.

Understanding the Causes and Risk Factors

Presbyopia can develop regardless of whether you had perfect vision in your younger years. When you focus on something close to your eyes, the lens and ciliary muscles in your eye constrict to achieve clearer vision by directing light onto the retina. However, with age, the lens and ciliary muscles become less flexible and lose their ability to change shape effectively. This leads to blurred vision when focusing on nearby objects. While age is the primary factor contributing to presbyopia, certain risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing it prematurely, including diabetes, natural farsightedness, and the use of certain medications.

LASIK and Presbyopia

LASIK surgery is designed to correct myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia, but it does not address presbyopia directly. It is possible to have presbyopia alongside another refractive error, which means that older adults may still benefit from LASIK. However, it’s important to note that LASIK may affect your ability to see up close if you are nearsighted or already have clear vision for close-up tasks. Individuals with fully corrected distance vision are more likely to require reading glasses as presbyopia develops.

Solutions for Presbyopia

Monovision is one option that older adults considering LASIK can discuss with their doctor. This approach involves correcting one eye for nearsightedness and the other for farsightedness, providing clearer vision at various distances. However, it may take time for the eyes to adjust, so it’s not suitable for everyone. Trying monovision with contact lenses first can help determine its effectiveness for you. Another solution is intraocular lens implants (IOLs), which replace the natural lenses with artificial ones that correct refractive errors. Presbyopia-correcting IOLs are a recent development and are often recommended for individuals who are not suitable candidates for laser refractive surgery.

Whether you’re considering LASIK or exploring solutions for presbyopia, Twin Cities Eye Consultants is here to provide the latest advancements in vision correction and treatment. Our comprehensive services include IOLs, LASIK, as well as a wide range of eyeglasses and contact lenses. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 612-999-2020 or visit us online today. Embrace clear vision at any age and discover the possibilities that await you!